Leave a message with a family member or friend where you’re headed and if possible, give the name of the person you’re about to meet and other details you might know.
· Do not accept rides from strangers
Once you get into a stranger’s car, you are at their mercy.
They could either incapacitate you or hold you hostage and you might not have an opportunity to defend yourself.
· Be careful with revealing data on social media
Be careful not to reveal too much about yourself or your family members via social media. No need to flaunt new cars, houses, or condominium units.
Never reveal addresses and be sure to turn off the GPS function on your smartphones. Don’t post on social media the places you frequent.
Some people are unaware that Facebook and other sites reveal the specific location from where you are posting on social media.
· Be vigilant not only at night but at all times
It is true that most kidnapping crimes occur at night but there are also a few cases that happen in broad daylight. We should always be vigilant, not only at night.
· Keep your financial transactions confidential
Kidnappers are known to take people forcefully to demand ransom. They give conditions for the release of their captures, sending panic to the family and friends of the victims.
Research shows that 7 out of 10 kidnappers always request that money be paid for the release of kidnap victims.
These demands are mostly made because they believe the victims have the money at their disposal. So, they basically target people who either have access to a large sum of money or are rich
The most logical way to avoid these unnecessary attentions is not to reveal your financial history to anyone! Vital information like your bank statement of account should not be handled carelessly.
· Avoid public donations
Don’t try to be a money bag in public. Do your best not to make public donations in church and in your neighbourhood meetings as well. If you donate publicly, you are giving people an indication of your wealth. Anonymous donations are the best.